Nacon MG-X Pro Review Mobile Gaming Controller For Android And Xbox Cloud

Friday, March 10, 2023

Game-play the easy way with the new Nacon MG-X Pro - a mobile gaming controller for Android phones compatible with Google Play Store and Xbox Cloud gaming!

The Nacon MG-X Pro controller has wireless functionality and telescopic design, allowing you to use it with just about any smartphone on the market. Being wireless, the Nacon MG-X Pro integrates a rechargeable battery (600mAh) with a 19-hour battery life and 2-hour charging time.
The Nacon MG-X Pro controller cradle holds the phone securely in place via a clamping mechanism and bottom lip, which prevents the phone from sliding out accidentally. The cradle is entirely rubberized with textured rubber, which provides a grippy anti-skid surface.  

As far as buttons, there are a total of 14 buttons on the Nacon MG-X Pro, including the analog thumbsticks middle buttons, two triggers and two bumper buttons. Being modelled after an Xbox controller, the Nacon MG-X Pro has the same ABXY face button layout as the Revolution X-Pro, as well as an Xbox button, View button and Menu button. The right analog thumbstick and left analog stick are slightly offset from each other. The thumbsticks have standard width and height - they are short sticks with concave rubber tips - which have the advantage of being more agile, letting you aim the reticle quicker than with a tall stick. 
The only drawback with short sticks is aim accuracy - they are not as precise as tall thumbsticks.
The Xbox button, View/Menu buttons have a clicky actuation, while the face buttons have a subdued (silent) soft feel actuatin similar to rollie leaf switches. The d-pad has a classic crosshair style with rubber membrane switches and no centre pivot, which is always ideal to prevent "mushing" the d-pad.

Aside from the rubberized cradle, the Nacon MG-X Pro is mostly made of plastic, including the grip handles which have a textured plastic finish. The overall dimensions of the Nacon MG-X Pro are 23cm long x 10cm deep x 6cm high (including thumbsticks). 

When retracted, the Nacon MG-X Pro cradle measures 9cm long x 6cm deep x 1.5cm high. When fully extended, the cradle can accommodate phones up to 18cm long. Without the phone, the Nacon MG-X Pro weighs 272 grams. When you factor in the weight of the phone, it brings the weight of the Nacon MG-X Pro above 420 grams, making it heavier than a Nintendo Switch (400 grams) but more lightweight than a Steam Deck (800 grams).

The Nacon MG-X Pro is made for Xbox cloud gaming (via Xbox Game Pass) and Play Store controller-supported games. Xbox Cloud gaming gives you access to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S games but to access it, you will need to get an Xbox Game Pass service, which is not included. There are currently three Xbox Game Pass services you can buy, namely Ultimate, Console and PC. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service is the most popular because it gives you access to all games including Xbox console and PC games. 

Potential deal breakers
  • Not ideal for big hands
  • No rear paddle buttons
  • Bluetooth 4.2 - instead of Bluetooth 5.3 (latest version)
  • Only supports Android 6.0 and newer smartphones
  • No free trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included
  • Non swappable face buttons
  • No RGB lighting
  • Latency compared to wired mobile controller
  • Not compatible with iPhone
  • Mushy feel d-pad
  • Only compatible with controller supported games

Selling points
  • Made for Xbox Cloud/Android gaming
  • Comfortable grip handles
  • More affordable than a Nintendo Switch & Steam Deck
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Clickable analog sticks
  • Built-in anti-friction rings
  • Standard thumbsticks
  • Xbox controller look and feel

Accessories included with the Nacon MG-X Pro are an 80cm long USB-A to USB-C cable (Nacon-branded). You can buy the Nacon MG-X Pro from amazon. 

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